Now the bit I enjoy most, watching the hopes of many dashed as the final jerseys points get allocated.
Polka Dot Jersey
The first of the jerseys to have points allocated will be the Polka Dot or mountains jersey. No change at the top with TMV4 looking a bit vulnerable. A general reshuffling below with big movers into the top 10. Big winner in the polka dots was Mitchell Johnson who has made no 3 in the batting order. Where did Rusty Dog disappear to? He was looking strong, and suddenly got swamped with Heartthrobs 04 hitting the bottom.
|Ranked scores after stage PD|
|7||5||↓2||Isabelle the Princess of Goulburn||1231|
|8||23||↑15||Sara Green Machine||1219|
|10||9||↓1||Fat lasses at the Back 2||1175|
|308||306||↓2||Mrs Green Machine||269|
On to the Green jersey points. Finally a change at the top, with Sicknote 4 making a 2nd foray to the top end of the table. A lot of the usual suspects of the last 3 weeks hanging around. Three new entries into the top 10 with Gus Gilmour, Grandma Rebel and TheBehms all making a play for the top! Rusty Dog slips back into the bottom 5 but the teams below him remain strong, not moving a place.
|Ranked scores after stage G|
|3||7||↑4||Isabelle the Princess of Goulburn||1409|
|6||8||↑2||Sara Green Machine||1329|
Now the big one, with points allocated for the top 20. This is the jersey that normally has the biggest effect on the competition. Coming up on the rails, from absolutely nowhere, is Gaz, up 24 points. I guess it helps having Thomas and Bernal in your team. First prize goes to Gaz. In fact there was a pattern, with Send in the clowns up 16 to 2nd courtesy of Bernal and Kruijswijk. Then Safari Mkubwa, up a massive 20 places, again thanks to Bernal. Some other huge movers into the top 10, the biggest being Mark Ella, up 34 places, but just falls short of the prizes in 8th. At the bottom there is no movement so the prize money goes to the bottom 5.
|Ranked scores after stage Y|
|2||18||↑16||Send in the Clowns||1870|
|6||27||↑21||Castlemaine Cycling Collective 1||1658|
|7||13||↑6||Chuck Charity 1||1657|
|10||3||↓7||Isabelle the Princess of Goulburn||1609|
The team prize is allocated to the lowest time of each teams top 3 riders. This years winner, making up for missing out in the final standings, goes to Mark Ella, outdoing Gobi by 3 minutes and Spartacus 2 in 3rd.
|Mark Ella||249:18:24||(Thomas, Alaphilippe, Martin)|
|Gobi||249:21:51||(Thomas, Barguil, Martin)|
|Spartacus 2||249:22:43||(Alaphilippe, Quintana, Martin)|
|Purdleton||249:23:41||(Thomas, Barguil, Gaudu)|
|The Matador 2||249:37:00||(Bernal, Kruijswijk, Reichenbach)|
Many thanks to everyone for taking part. It’s all about the charity and the fun, so thanks for allowing me to entertain myself, and hopefully make a small difference in the lives of a few children.
A note will follow with the prize money allocations. If anyone is interested in a more detailed analysis I can send you the spreadsheet!